Brazil’s Loss in Maxwell’s Retirement


The unfortunate fate of athletes is when they call it quits. In the case of current Paris St Germain left-back Maxwell, his international appearances for Brazil have come to a close. The 33 year-old expressed his exit on a French radio station about his final bow for the national team, but also hinted at a possibility of this being his last year with PSG as well.

Maxwell, a regular starter for the French Champions, has seen less starts this season to his younger counter-part, Lucas Digne. His reliability, and experience in the game though is undeniable, compared to Digne. It is a sad news as Maxwell only had 10 appearances for the Selecao and was featured in the squad with crumbled on home soil this past summer.

As reported by, Maxwell does not see his future to be a long one from this point at club level. Although his pace may be in question compared to other players, his technicality and maturity never has been.

"“I do not know if I will continue playing for long, I have not decided. We’ll see in February and find out a little more. Maybe this is the end, maybe I will go on, it will depend on the desire of the club and maybe the offer that I have.”"

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  • Maxwell has played for Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona and now Paris St Germain. He spent most of his career along side teammate, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The two also have a strong relationship outside of the pitch and training ground, they are also the same age. Zlatan also has been in the media lately openly speaking of his excitement regarding retirement.

    "“I’m looking forward to it. When you play football you spend so much time in hotels and you lose a lot. My biggest son is eight. The youngest is six. It’s not like I have been with them every day of their lives. I want to be a family man and I want to stop when I am on top.” (as reported in The Guardian.)"

    An illustrious career between playing as a winger for Ajax and his more natural position as left back for his next few clubs, Maxwell sadly missed out on big opportunities for his home country. Personally I think Brazil should mourn the loss of such an experienced defender–especially after their terrible display of defending in the World Cup against Germany. Maxwell’s to clear and defend the entire left flank for his club is extremely rare. But age does eventually write the forthcoming years of an athlete and now is him time.

    Luckily for PSG fans, he is optimistic in their capability in winning the coveted Champions League before he leaves high level football, as reported by

    "“The club is built the team to win the Champions League. It is the ambition, but of course football is very difficult. In each of the last two seasons we have been close to the semi-finals and we hope to go further this year.”"